Webinar on Mary Boleyn: Presented by Claire Ridgway
On Friday I had the great pleasure of listening into a fantastic webinar presented by Claire Ridgway from The Anne Boleyn Files/The Anne Boleyn Fellowship. Claire’s presentation looked at Mary Boleyn, older sister of Anne Boleyn second wife of Henry VIII, and all the mysteries that surround Mary.
I have never participated in a webinar and honestly was not sure what to expect. I am also not very skilled with computers and was terribly worried that I would not be able to log into the webinar, or that somehow I would click on something wrong and loose the webinar half way through! Luckily none of this happened. In fact Claire made it extremely easy to log into the webinar and all I had to do was click on a link, type in the password and there was the webinar, it was very simple!
Claire’s webinar was extremely informative and I thought it was a wonderful overall presentation. She talked about a number of different myths and topics surrounding Mary Boleyn and also had a slide presentation that the listeners could watch while she spoke. I enjoyed the slide shows as they had points of interest, quotes and images.
Claire spoke about several topics including:
- The various ways Mary Boleyn has been portrayed in fictional novels
- The scant facts that we actually do know about Mary Boleyn (which are very few!)
- The questions that surround Mary Boleyn and her life
- Mary being the mistress of Francois I and Henry VIII
- The possibilities that William Carey or Henry VIII fathered Mary’s children
- What did Mary Boleyn look like?
After the presentation (of which I have to say that I took seven pages worth of notes!) Claire then opened up the webinar for the listeners to ask questions. It was very easy to ask a question as all you had to do was type your question into the small box on the screen! Being as obsessed with Mary Boleyn as I am I asked three or four questions and much to my delight and surprise Claire answered them all!
Overall I thoroughly enjoyed Claire Ridgway’s webinar on Mary Boleyn. I thought it was extremely well presented and professional and packed with lots of information. As always I had my thoughts and viewed challenged and I really delighted in this. I love to think about and pose questions about Mary Boleyn’s life and Claire did just that! It was a wonderful presentation and when it was over I was left feeling very excited and as though I had just participated in something quite extraordinary.
This is Claire’s second webinar on the Boleyn family (her first being about George Boleyn and his wife Jane Parker) and I believe that she will be doing other webinar’s in the future. I strongly urge anyone interested in the Boleyn family to join the Anne Boleyn Fellowship so that you can listen and participate in these fantastic webinars.
You can find the link to The Anne Boleyn Fellowship here: The Anne Boleyn Fellowship
Also here is the link to another fantastic website Claire runs which is all about the life of Anne Boleyn: The Anne Boleyn Files
Could this be a minature of Mary Boleyn painted by Lucus Hornebolte?